Sports, Not Video Games Boost Teen Driving Skills

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

Enrolling your children in organized sports might help them when they start driving, a new study suggests.

Playing video games? Not so much.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from instructors at a Los Angeles driving school who rated 100 students’ driving skills.

The investigators found that new drivers — male and female — who had played any type of organized sport had better driving skills than those who had not been sports participants.

Previous studies have shown that involvement in organized sports improves spatial perception, the study authors noted. The researchers were led by Nancy Wayne, associate vice chancellor for research and a physiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, medical school.

Studies also have shown improved spatial perception from playing action video games. Because of that, the researchers said, they were surprised to find no link between playing video games and driving skills.

On average, female students were less confident than males about their driving skills, but both genders received nearly the same average score from the driving instructors.

The age of student drivers did make a difference, however — at least among male drivers, the study found.The older the male driver, the worse his skills.

Teenage boys scored 36 percent higher on driving skills than men in their 20s, the study found. Age did not affect female drivers’ scores.

The study results were published online recently in the journal PLoS One.

Source: HealthDay

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Jim has over 30 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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